Getting ready for the Games

Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services committee, is pictured with the Commonwealth Games branded vehicles
Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services committee, is pictured with the Commonwealth Games branded vehicles

With three months to go to the opening ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games, North Lanarkshire is gearing up to be a proud host venue.

Preparations are progressing well at Strathclyde Park for the triathlon events and, in the northern corridor, the route of the cycling time trial has been announced.

With the Queen’s baton relay visiting North Lanarkshire on June 23, the area is looking forward to a celebration of sport.

Residents will see evidence of the area role with the 2014 logo appearing on council vehicles, road signs and in facilities.

This is part of the council’s efforts to make North Lanarkshire look its best and create a positive impression for athletes, spectators and visitors as well as the expected one billion people around the world who will watch the Games on television.

Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of Environmental Services, said: “Scotland is known for its friendliness and here in North Lanarkshire we want to offer a warm welcome to the thousands of athletes and visitors coming here for the Commonwealth Games.

“We are proud to host the triathlon and cycling time trial, and are expecting thousands of visitors on the competition days.

“That’s a great opportunity for local businesses and we’re working with them to prepare for the impact.

“For residents, there will be free sports and cultural events happening around the sports events, giving everyone a chance to join in the excitement of the days.

“We want to make the most of the Games coming to North Lanarkshire, and hope that part of the legacy of the Games will be a boost to economy, increased tourism for the area, and a renewed interest in sport among all ages.”

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